The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings for July, 2009!

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Catgirl Island and Clan of the Cats purrsent a Mike Moon purrduction starring The Ladies of The Mew in
The Catgirl Critics’ Media Mewsings
for July, 2009! in this edition of The Mew:

Happy Birthday to Syd Mead!
Aloha & introductions
What have we been up to since last time?
What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
(including a brief digression about Manatees)
Lightning Round #1:
our favorite bikini grrls of comics & animation
Purrinted media – book reviews:
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon,
Mangamania Girl Power! by Chris Hart
Enchanted: The Faerie and Fantasy Art of Linda Ravenscroft
and Fathom: Kiani Blade of Fire graphic novel
Purrinted media – purriodicals (comics)
Gotham City Sirens #1
Batman and Robin #1
Angel Blood & Trenches #4
Impulse #1 by The Little House Studio
Purrinted media – purriodicals (magazines)
Cinefex #118
American Cinematographer vol. 90 no.6
WSSM Spurring / Summer 2009 issue
GAFF July / August 2009 issue
and various fishing magazine quick picks
The monthly Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter
Heroes Con 2009 Report
Mewsical mewsings:
Pink Floyd’s re-issued A Momentary Lapse of Reason CD
Review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Toys & Collectibles
an ARIA tee shirt, plus an Aria purrimer & 10 favorite Aria related links
the Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen  Chromia Action Figure
and the Star Trek Classic Science Tricorder replica toy
Lightning Round #2:
Favorite films of the ‘nines’ (years ending with a 9) and
A few of our favorite things for the first half of 2009
Anticipations for later 2009-ish amewsments & other tidbits
The cat lady sings…
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Bold red warningsindicate imminent plot spoiling information,
locations of hidden Easter Eggs or certain graphic descriptions
and bold greenafterwards indicates that it is safe to purroceed!
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Happy Birthday to Syd Mead!
Mike:
My favorite designer Syd Mead was born on Born in Minnesota on July 18th 1933, Syd Mead  joined the Army after graduating from High School, then went to design school and later worked for companies such as Ford and US Steel before starting his own firm, and has since profoundly inspired so many other designers! The greatest industrial designer and futurist of our time, his concepts for prestigious interational corporations and clients have included everything from cars, boats, architecture, appliances, graphics, toys and games.
He is perhaps most famous for his legendary cinematic designs including Star Trek The Motion Picture, Bladerunner, Tron, 2010, Aliens, Short Circuit, MIssion to Mars, Mission Impossible 3, and Japanese anime such as Gundam and Yamato 2520!, and there have been lots of books, interviews, magazine articles, exhibits, web sites and videos dedicated to his beautiful, innovative work. For more information on this brilliant living legend, some good places to start are the article on him at at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Mead, the entry at the Internet Movie database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0574927/ and of course his official web site at http://www.sydmead.com/, where you can read his biography, credits, news, and schedule of appearances!
Aloha & Introductions!

Mike:
Thanks Vonny- and welcome to The Mew, everybody, for our monthly discussions, reviews, recommendations and occasional interviews with special guests, which tend to involve the genres of science fiction & fantasy! I’m Mike, the show’s ‘Purrducer’, who brings those catgirls the food & cocktails for taking the show time from their busy activities! Today’s show comes from The new Purrsimmon Purrvillion behind the Catgirl Island Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art, where we are joined again by Petra, The Mewseum’s Curator! And here are The Ladies of The Mew!

Mary Nyan:
(wearing the eggplant & teal colored suspender maillot & espadrilles)
Konnitiwa!
Elizabeth:
(in a creamy jade cut off tee shirt & olive shorts & Teva sandals)
Aloha!

Yvonne:
(hot pink bandau top tanga bikini, flip fops & hibiscus tail corsage)
Nameste, nya!
Jeannie:
(in a white Brazil cut bikini & tangerine sarong & flip flops)
Nihao!

Petra:
(saffron crochet halter top, tuberose lei & short cardinal colored skirt)
Hi Hi! Thanks for having me back, nya!

Mike:
(Carolina blue golf shirt, khaki cargo shorts & Mizuno trainers, by the way)
So…
what have we been up to since last time?

Elizabeth:
It is a shame that Mielikki-sensei and Nyanko-sensei could not join us this time but it was inevitable their busy golf and martial arts tours would have them out of town often.
Mary Nyan:
Hai hai, but we will cheer them on to victory from afar!
(in unison)
BANZAI! BANZAI! Nya!
Elizabeth:
Mielikki-sensei was hoping to get back from Korea to go to the US Open. Oh did you hear that It’s gonna be at Pinehurst in 2014!
Jeannie:
Unfortunately I do not think that Nyanko-sensei’s compurrtition will be televised.

Yvonne:
I pity the fool that encounters’s Nya-sensei’s winning submission holds, nya!  It was so good that we were all able go as a group to Mielikki-sensei’s latest purrformance at the grove theater, nya!
Petra:
That was a wonderful show, especially the foxfire tricks she purracticed so hard, nya!
Mary Nyan:
It’s too bad the mermaids could not be here this time but they’ve been awfully busy between work and caring for those cute newly hatched sea turtles
Elizabeth:
Kawaii! I hope those turtles make it!
Jeannie:
Between the mermaid purrtrol and the wildlife officers those turtles have been purretty well purrotected around the northeastern end of the island.
Mike:
So what has Vonny been up too- how have the fishing charters been?

Yvonne:
In the summer time my charters are very busy and we have been reeling in the big kings, drums reds, bulls, wahoo, bass, and stripes, nya! And all of the boats have done a good job of giving those turtles a wide berth, nya! Aside from that I’ve managed to make the drumming circle in the evenings after the volleyball matches, and there is a boating and salt water fishing expo I wanna go to, nya. How are things at the Mewseum ?
Petra:
Goodness it’s been busy with more tourists and the new exhibits, nya! We’re hoping to host more social events with mewsic too on days when the Purrforming Arts Center is not engaged…
so purrhaps we could see about the drum circle, belly dance troupe or the Hula class, nya!

Jeannie:
That would be a wonderful notion, purrvided I do not have to travel as much as I have been. It has been a challenge to juggle that with the robotics club and the archery. And Lizzy?

Elizabeth:
As mewsual, I’ve been busy with at the shrine, volleyball, purrkour and the loomiloomi.
Mary Nyan:
Shrine, hula, aerial dance, and the costumes!

Mike:
Oh what costumes are you making?

Mary Nyan:
Not so much making new ones just yet but… I am hoping to do another group cosplay in the fall for some cons and Halloween so I have been ideating some concepts.

Petra:
Ooh we should do a fashion exhibit too, nya!
Jeannie:
Let us know if we can help.
Elizabeth:
What about that idea of the tattoo & piercing exhibit?
Petra:
We’re still contemplating it… the mermaids have some very interesting styles, nya!
Mary Nyan:
Hai. Oh have you been to see them rehearsing for their big aqua ballet purrformance?
Elizabeth:
Hai- I observed them on my lest free dive attempt! It is going to be a wonderful show!

Yvonne:
Speaking of fashions, where has Jeannie been off to most recently to model at, nya?
Jeannie:
South Beach; before that, Ipanema.
Petra:
Wow, nya!
Yvonne:
That is terrible isn’t it, to get paid to pose on those exotic lovely beaches, nya!
Jeannie:
I would rather be building more robots for the regional robot battle tournyament.
Yvonne:
What has Mike been up to, nya?

Mike:
Nothing so exciting… when I haven’t been working on this show or on art work, and other than maybe going to Heroes Con and watching UNC baseball on TV- the few times it was actually televised! Its actually been a rather low key month for me. Which is OK given the rain & humidity of late, but I need to get out and swing some golf clubs!

Elizabeth:
Ooh we should go play at that course that is open ’til late at night!

Mary Nyan:
Maybe we could all go to there… maybe Petra could join us after the mewseum hours?

Petra:
Hee that would be fun, nya!
Mike:
We’ll have to do that. But, getting on with the show, I believe Petra planned to tell us-
What’s mew in the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art
(including a digression about Manatees)

Petra:
Haiii- we are so honored to have several mew additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art’s Guest Gallery Wing http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/guest.html, nya! These are drawings, paintings, and photographs by friends ‘n visiting artists whom we greatly appurreciate and we hope you’ll have a good time admiring their creations too, nya!
Firstly of these are two pics by our friend Heather http://disboundleaves.googlepages.com/disboundleaves who is not only a lovely purrson, fellow anime fan and good artist but she is also a book conservationist, nya! She drew this utterly adorably cute moment of  a “Catgirl & Kittengirl” and she painted this most pleasant “Redhead in Watercolor”, nya! Who says that fire ‘n water do not mix well, nya? These are such fine mew additions to the collection next to the other extra special art that we treasure by her, nya!
We are so pleased to also have more by our friend Misty Norris http://daisukiwabunny.com, starting with this pic of “Chibi Tabitha”! Tabitha is a fun catgirl whom we hope will visit the island again very soon, to grace the library and the golf course with her purresence, nya. Second by Misty is this dazzling display of “Nurse Witch Kumogi” and friends, which is fan art based upon that anime /  manga character, nya!

Kate Daniel is an up-and-coming artist who we purdict much fun ‘n success for between her delightful sense of style, purrky purresence at cons ‘n faires, and cute culinary artistry, nya!
She makes those numcious twinkybugs at What The Hell?! Con http://www.guilford.edu/yachting/wthcon/, which would be the good item for the Mewseum’s cafe, nya. Also good in the mewseum are these two illustrative contributions, a “Bunnygirl by Kate” and this exclusive purreview of “Kate’s Web Comic”, nya!
Speaking of comics, at the ever fun Heroes Con http://heroesonline.com/ it was a pleasure to make the acquaintance of Anastasia Ruggiero & Sarah Moskowitz, of The Little House Studio http://www.myspace.com/littlehousecomics! Not only have they launched the charming first issue of their new comic book, but Sarah also drew this splendid sketch of a “Mer Cat Girl”! She is all dressed up with a dress and ribbons in her hair- purrhaps she is pausing to pose purrior to a fancy social event, nya!

We are such huge fans of our friend Andrew Pepoy who is a purrfessional comics penciller, inker & writer, who has worked extensively for Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, Bongo,
and other publishers, whose comics  credits include characters or titles as Jack of Fables, Batman, Superman, JLA, Spider-Man, X-Men, Namor, New Warriors, Gen 13, Ghost, X, Scooby Doo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Betty & Veronica, Katy Keene, Godzilla, Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and numerous others, nya!.
In 2000 Andrew redesigned, wrote & drew the Little Orphan Annie newspapurr strip, and in 1995 he launched his own creation, The Adventures of Simone and Ajax, nya! We love “Simone and Ajax” who are honorary residents of Catgirl Island and are always  so delighted to see them, nya! In this illustration done for Mike, Simone hula shimmies as Ajax gets into the aloha spirit with that purretty floral lei! To see Andrew’s bio, portfolio & links to The Adventures of Simone and Ajax comics online at ComicMix, please visit his official web site at http://www.pepoy.com/, nya!

Next we have a pic of JenJen “Enjoying the View from the Mount Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro” by Rod Molinaro! It is a spectacular view of Jenjen enjoying the spectacular windy view of Rio from Brazil’s Mount Corcovado! Rod captured this breathtaking  image when Jenjen was there on another swim wear model shoot and she got to visit Jackie, the star of Rod’s web comic Blackjackeline! You can see that web comic and Rod’s other brilliant illustrations at his web site! 

There are also mew illustrations by Mike this month, added to to Gallery One http://catgirlisland.net/art/gallery/gallery1.html, nya! Firstish, “Fishnet & Glowsticks” purrmeate this pic of a Raver Catgirl, although it would be nice if those were fish sticks!, nya! This’un is paired up with a more reserved “Catgirl Nun”saying her purrayers. Here on Catgirl island, quite a few religions are harmoniously repurrsented by the residents ‘n visitors, nya.
This includes the less reverent “Devilish Catgirl” who struts her mischievous stuff, and by the way we have already heard plenty of quips about her being literally “horny”, thank you very much, nya! She is paired up with the vivacious “Purrofessional Volleyball Catgirl” pic which is a drawing with her suntanny tone added in Photoshop, nya! Next by Mike is a pic inspired by the most cordial ‘n talented “Artist Alley Cat Girl” he met at Animazement http://www.animazement.org/, sporting an fashionable expanse of bare midriff with the cute pink top and that fedora, nya!
Then we have a portrait of “Bunnii Maid” as she helps spurruce up the gallery after hours, nya! This was done especially for our friend Bunnii who we also have a lovely B&W photograph of! She is a very kind, delightful, talented, inspurrational purrson, nya! Then we see that our mermaid friend Nyssy is “Hooked on Piercings”, as she shows off her latest body piercings and ink, nya! Those are the exotic ornamentations- we really should have a special exhibit in the Mewseum of such body art, nya.
Our mer-friends appear on this page of “Mermaid Sketches” by Mike, and in a snapshot of Tsuruku and her partner  Ceresatami purracticing “Aquatic Contact Dance”! Those merfolk sure have some impurressive art shows, just a short dive from here, nya! We also have the new image of “Nyanko-Sensei” which is a revised version of her older favorite image, nya. You can tell it is a more recent pic from the black belt instead of her purrior orange belt, and seems to get a lot of attention, nya!
Katrina & Kazeyasha’s “Zodiac Angels” returns to visit Catgirl Island  and this time Ashley brought her friend Krystal, nya! Here we see the heroines enjoying the creamy scoops of dessert on the beach which must make it the desseted beach, nya! We also have some purrior images of the Zodiac Angels in the galleries, nya. If you go to Katrina & Kazeyasha’s web site you’ll see galleries of art there too, and you can read the Angels’ purrofiles and exciting adventures, nya!

Here is a purretty purregnant pic of a catgirl mommy to be with “Kittens Aboard!”nya! We’re not sure how far along the expectant nekomimi is or how many kids she’ll have, but we should investigate if there is a maternity gift list at any of the island’s boutiques, nya. Catgirl Island is a wonderful place to grow up, so they’ll be well-fed with plenty of love and fun places to play, nya! Between this and the pic by Heather this is a good month for pics of mommy catgirls, nya!
Finally by Mike this month, we have this graphic for the label of “Pamela & Phillip’s Infamously Inflammable Ligonberry Snap”, which was commissioned by our pal Phillip as a fan gift that he sent to Kaja & Phil Foglio, who create the wonderful web comic Girl Genius http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/, nya! On that label you’ll see Pamela ‘n Phillip in their laboratory making that berry brew, nya. I wonder how flavorful it is,… purrhaps we can get a case of it  to serve in the Mewseum’s cafe, nya!
Mike:
Thank you Petra-san- that was most kind! That sure is an astounding pic by Rod of you in Brazil, Jeannie!
Jeannie:
It was such a spectacular view view of Rio. Rod is such a kind and talented artist, and Jackie was shall we say a purrfect hostess. The mewseum definitely has an impurressive assortment of new images this month- we are so lucky to know those talented artistic friends.
Yvonne:
Hai- Heather’s images have such a delicate serenity and I would love to eventually see a whole exhibit of her art, nya! Misty’s renderings are so vivacious and fun, with a boldness in their color palette that corresponds with the characters’ sexy zest, nya! Hopefully Tabitha can come back for a visit soon, nya!
Jeannie:
Hai hai. Kate and Bunnii are so kind, sweet and talented! They are very cordial and helpful in the convention artist alleys. Purrhaps soon they will be displaying more and more of their own creations and not just supporting the other exhibitors!
Elizabeth:
It’s  too bad that Nyanko could not be here for the unveiling of her new display, but this will make a wonderful bonus tribute when she returns home from winning that tournyament!

Petra:
Oh I hope so, nya! But she has at least already seen the purroofs, nya! Nyssy, Tami ‘n Nella will be here tomorrow for the monthly Riverwalk Artswim, when we unveil the images of them, nya!

Yvonne:
Speaking of mermaids, on the cover of the July issue of Sport Diver magazine is a Red Sea Dugong that looks like a grown up Ruru-chan, nya!
Elizabeth:
For those new folks in the audience, she is referring to our mermaid friend Lourdessaluorno’s pet manatee Avana-ruru!
Petra:
I was never sure about the difference between the Dugongs and Manatees, nya!
Mary Nyan:
Jenjen, you wanna field that one?
Jeannie:
Both are of the Order Sirenia, but the Manatee are of the Trichechidae Family, of where there are 3 species, and the Dugongs are of the Dugongidae family.
Petra:
But how can you tell the species apart, nya?
According to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirenia they have a differently shaped head and tail. From the looks of it, the manatee has a more paddle shaped tail whereas the dungong looks  a bit more like a cetacean fluke. from what I also read read at http://www.sirenian.org/
Mary Nyan:
Cetacean fluke…?

Yvonne:
She means a Whale, Dolphin or Porpoise type tail fin, nya! Which reminds me, Sandra Bullock is on the cover of the July issue of Glamour Magazine, nya!
Mike:
Uh, pardon me for asking but… how did that remind you of Sandra Bullock?
Yvonne:
Because those were both Sport Diver and Glamour Magazine covers for July, and because I want to see her new movie The Purrposal which sounds The Porpoisal, nya.
Mary Nyan:
Mike’s giving us that “we just stray catted off topic” look! Sorry about that Petra- let us return to the art!  It is so nice to see more of those Zodiac Angels- purrhaps sometime the entire team can make a group holiday of it! Katrina & Kazeyasha are very talented, and their site is full of fun images and things to read featuring the strong heroines!

Petra:
Hai! We are pleased to have a bit of Katrina’s art elsewhere in the guest gallery too- she is the very purrolific artist, nya! Oh I understand that JeannieJen has a copy of Anastasia & Sarah’s comic book to review later in the show, nya!

Jeannie:
Hai. It is a fascinating work of science fiction sequential fine art.

Yvonne:
JenJen got to be a work of art this month too, nya! Rod sure is an excellent illustrator, nya! Oh and speaking of rods, if I tag along on the next trip to Brazil I will go fishing an catch several large delicious Speckled Peacock Bass, nya.

Elizabeth:
That sounds like the purrfurred fish. Purrhaps it would be good for the luau when Simone & Ajax visit again!
Jeannie:
I am not sure if Ajax would want the fish- I think he might be the herbivorous dinosaur.

Mary Nyan:
Hmm… we should have the Kitt Inn’s Extra Special Baked Yams and their signature Banana Cake for his dinner, and purrhaps the mermaids could bring the Butternut Sea Squash from Sheila May’s! Then after the dinner Simone could join me and my students on stage for the Hula!

Yvonne:
Jenjen should bring her belly dance troupe and I will bring the drums, nya! Lizzy could do her hot salsa dance- we’re all set! If we have the luau at Sheila May’s we could watch the mermaid’s dance too like in that pic, nya!

Petra:
Hai hai, and the beautiful Bunnii photo and the cute Sakky sketch- we had quite a lot of mew art to unveil this month between those guest artists and Mike’s new pieces, nya!
Mike:
The one for Pamela ‘n Phillip was actually done back in March, and May ‘n June were very productive months, especially due to Animazement! Well Petra, thank you so much for that art report!

Petra:
My pleasure, nya!
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Oh I was supposed to take us out! Nya! We’re up against a hard break, but we’ll be right back with the Lightning Round, so don’t go away, nya!
(snip)
(one short break later…)

July’s (supposed) Lightning Round Topic #1:
our favorite bikini grrls of comics & animation

Jeannie:
Here at Catgirl Island, the bikini is a ubiquitous purrfurred garment for the frisky fun under the sun, most ideal for the boat, beach or water and with a simple robe, pareo, yukata or sarong and a pair of flip flops one is good to go about town, rain or shine. Bikinis are not only made famous by our favorite female celebrities from super models and surfers to body building and beach volleyball. Furthermore, many of our favorite fictional heroines are notable for such bare tummied fashions, so for the hot month of July, this month’s lightning round topic purrtains to the heroines who (depending on the appropriate age) range from playfully cute to hotly sexy, whether they are fighting evil threats or enjoying a sun soaked cat nap in a bikini. The criteria is that these must be comics or animated characters whose usual outfit is bikini-ish, or if they have appeared in a bikini in their usual series or in an officially licensed purroduct such as a figure, game, swimsuit special, poster, or art book.
Petra:
Um I have my list ready, but I have a question- since this is the fast response lightning round, are we supposed to have a cap on the list, nya?I hope 16 i snot too many – it was tough to narrow down, nya!
Jeannie:
There’s no maximum limit, as long as you can reply expediently.

Yvonne:
Myayr can get long-winded though, nya!
Mary Nyan:
That’s not long-winded- it’s thorough! Sigh!
Elizabeth:
Mike, on the other hand…
Mike:
Ah- what?
Elizabeth:
Well you have been known to ramble on about Star Trek the Motion Picture…
Mike:
But it’s my favorite movie- and that’s besides the point! We need to get back on topic!
Petra:
I’m sorry!
Mike:
Oh it’s not your fault- you just just asked a simple clarification!
Jeannie:
So desu. (tags Petra to go first)
(the girls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND -GO!

Petra:
Oh gosh I am first? Nya! Well I think the most famous bikini of anime is the iconic tiger stripe worn by Lum Invader, of Urusei Yatsura, nya! The Dirty Pair’s Kei & Yuri; Naga The Serpent of the series Slayers is a purrominant, there’s Nabiki Tendou especially in the opening of Ranma 1/2 Movie 2, Nuku Nuku in her 2nd OVA with the swim gear, Tenchi’s Mihoshi & Ryoko; Maison Ikkoku’s Kyoko, Plastic Little’s Mei Lin, Belldandy, Urd & Peorth of Ah My Goddess; Bleach’s Yoruichi and um, just a few more are Nadia, Dot Hack’s Mimiru, Genshiken’s Ohno Kanako, Amazing Nurse Nanako  and… and Sgt. Frog’s Aki Hinata and Please Teacher’s Mizuho Kazami, nya.

Yvonne:
You know Slayers’ Lina might not be as voluptuous as Naga but looks good in a bikini too, nya And so does their beach chef friend Lydia too, nya!
Petra:
Hai hai… I guess I was just thinking of Naga’s more iconic image, nya! Oh I need to tag someone, don’t I nya? Umm… nya ha! (tags Vonny)!
Yvonne:
I was mainly thinking about DC Comics’ Shadow Lass, Saturn Girl, Supergirl, Laurel Kent, Andromeda, Triad, Starfire, Zatanna, Tana Moon, Katma Tui, Indigo, Hawk Girl, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Lois Lane, Traci 13, Lady Chian, Tara Morgan & werekitty Shakira of Skartaris, nya! Oh have y’all seen that DC Ame-Comi figure of Hawkgirl- it is the neat figure, nya! OK Lizzyturn, nya (tags Elizabeth)
Elizabeth:
There are several Marvel Comics super heroines to that have looked bikini awesome, such as Storm, Kitty, Jean, Rogue, Psylocke, Nocturne, Magick, Danielle Moonstar, Dagger, She Hulk, Rumiko Fujikawa, Tyger Tyger, Moondragon, Gamorra, Scarlet Witch, Natsha Romanoff, Elektra, The Black Cat, Sue Richards, Neela of The Savage Land and Shanna the She-Devil and Tigra!

Yvonne:
Speaking of Tigra and Shanna, the purrfurred jungle cat style bikini is also good on Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and Budd Root’s Cave Woman, nya!
Mike:
Oh somehow I suspect this will not be such a lightning-fast lightning round…!
Mary Nyan:
We have a lot of nominees!
Jeannie:
True, however you theorize the vast number of bikini-worthy bodies in all of the world’s comics & animation for the better part of a century, it is a wonder that we narrowed the list nominees this much.
Petra:
That is good point, nya!
Elizabeth:
OK it’s… lessee…Mike’s turn! (tags Mike)

Mike:
I am surprised no one has mentioned Red Sonja yet, whose metal bikini is about as famous as they get!
Mary Nyan:
Oh she is on all our lists but we knew you wanted the honor!
Mike:
Most kind! Ah well.. I should also mention another associate of Conan- Belit the pirate queen… oh and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Dejah Thoris (especially as drawn by Dave Cockrum & Rudy Nebres)! There’s Princess Leia Organa in the metal slave bikini, Purrincess Aura from the 1979 Flash Gordon cartoon; Heavy Metal’s Taarna; Clan of the Cats’ Melepomone, Frank Thorne’s Ghita of Alizarr, Paolo Serpieri’s Druuna, Lady Rawhide, Starslayer’s Tamara, Warp’s Sargon & Valaria, Crystar’s Ika, JM Linsner’s Dawn and Mark Smylie’s Artesia; Aria’s Kildare (being the Image Comics’ Aria, as opposed to the Aria manga / anime or the Aria European graphic novels) and the minimalist fashion statement of Frank Frazetta’s Moon Maid was always a big favorite!
Petra:
Oh- speaking of Aria.. could I… also add a couple more, nya?
Jeannie:
Please do.
Petra:
Yay- Aria’s (the Japanese anime / manga) Alicia Florence & Akira Ferrari, nya! They have the joyful cute bikini look when they take the trainees to that island, nya!

Mike:
OK Myayr, you’re up! (tags Mary Nyan)
Mary Nyan:
Y’all already named some most distinctive candidates. But I would like to add these candidates: Top Cow’s Ballistic, Cyblade & Velocity; Chaos Comics’ Lady Death & Purgatori, Broadsword Comics’ Tarot & Boo Cat. Oh there’s also Images Darkchylde & Cybernary, Gen 13’s Caitlin, Sarah ‘n Roxy; Danger Girl’s Abbey, Sydney ‘n Valerie, and Erik Larsen’s She Dragon.
Also, while not purrcisely wearing bikinis purr se, I’d like to note these ladies for honorable mention maillots: Gatchaman 94’s Jun; Knights of Ramune’s Cacao; Gunbuster’s Noriko; Marvel Comics’ Scarlet Witch, Jessica Drew & Carol Danvers; DC Comics’ Starfire, Star Sapphire, Phantom Lady, Night Girl, Dream Girl & Rima the Jungle Girl; Vampirella, Xenozoic Tales’ Hannah Dundee; Arthur Adam’s Ann O’Brian; FemForce’s Cave Girl and Yankee Girl; MICRA, F.A.K.K.2’s Julie, and Witchblades Sarah Pezzinni, Takeru & Masane Amaha!  Now let’s find out who our resident swim wear model picked! (tags jeannie)
Jeannie:
Arigato. From purrimarily American comics & animation:  Archie Comics’ Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge & Katy Keene; Simone of Simone & Ajax, Arcana Studios’ Koni Waves, Liberty Meadows’ Brandy, Marvel Comics’ Mary Jane Parker and Beverly Switzler, DNAgents’ Rainbow, Kaos Moon, Celestial Mechanics’ Widget Wilhelmina Jones, Love & Rockets’ Killer; and Dave Stevens’ “Space Vixens” and “Rocket 88” girls.I’ve include a few manga heroines, such as I’s cute Iori and Midnight Panthers’ Sonya & Lou, and European characters Modesty Blaise and Sky Doll.
Also, I selected a few web comics stars: Sinfest’s Monique, Blackjackeline’s Jackie, and the catgirls of Caribbean Blue. Scoby Doo’s Daphne Blake – purrticularly in 2005’s Aloha Scooby Doo; Total Drama Island’s Izzy’s bikini & sarong; Lilo & Stitch’s Nani Pelekai, Kida of Atlantis and Cobra’s Baroness. Furthermore, as we seem to be somewhat liberal with the definition of  bikini, I submit for consideration Dave’s Steven’s Rocketeer character Betty, and Hannah ‘The Ant” Washington, both who have been most memorable sights in their underwear – which is not purrcisely swim wear of course, but arguably it is ostensibly quite bikini-ish in the coverage.
Petra:
I agree, nya!
Elizabeth:
Purrhaps we should consider a future lingerie lightning round!
Mary Nyan:
I guess we should purrobably cap the list if we do that!

Yvonne:
I believe that is all of us except for the mail-in ballots, nya?
Mike:
Yep- thanks girls – that was a fun although probably not the most expedient lightning round- which isn’t over yet as I have a few addenda. Although some of our friends could not be here today, they did text in their responses before the show – ready?

(the catgirls in unison)
Hai! Nya!

Mary Nyan:
Hai! Ilyana’s list included: Lupin III’s Fujiko Mine; April, Feb, Janny & June of Sol Bianca; Ellcia’s Christel; Cowboy Bebop’s Faye, Black Lagoon’s Revy, Nami of One Piece, Dominion’s Puma Sisters Ana & Una Puma, Gold Digger’s 3 Diggers Sisters, Reality Check’s Catreece, Gun X Sword’s Carmen 99 & Fasalina, Mnemosyne’s Rin Asogi, Star Wars Legacy’s Darth Talon and The Force Unleashed’s Shaak Ti… whereas (tags Yvonne) –
Yvonne:
Nyanko-sensei nominated: Buffy Summers, Shi’s Ana Ishikawa, Ninja High School’s Asrial & Ichi-kun; Ranma Saotome, Streetfighter’s Chun Li, Grenadier’s Rushuna, Battle Athlete’s Akari & Tanya; Air Gear’s Ringo; KOF’s Mai Shiranui, Soul Calibur’s Seung Mi-Na, Samurai Spirit’s Mina, Darkstalkers’ Felicia, Gowcaizer’s Karin Son; Ikki Tousen’s Sonsaku Hakufu, Kanu, & Ryofu Housen; Mai Hime’s Mai & Natsuki; and Tenjou Tenge’s Maya Natsume, nya! (tags Elizabeth)
Elizabeth:
Lady Nemui’s list included Priss, Sylia, Linna & Nene of Bubblegum Crisis; Jo, Meg & Sei of Burst Angel; Ghost Sweeper Reiko Mikami, Totally Spies’ Clover Sam & Alex, and The Nerieds team of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue that we Halloween cosplayed!
Mary Nyan:
By the way I finally got around to mending that wardrobe malfucntion you had that night, hee!
Elizabeth:
Quit bringing that up- and I keep telling you it was not my fault- it was that spooky tree that grabbed my top!
Mike:
Now now!
Mary Nyan:
Oh I’m just kitting! I’m sorry- who is next–?

Jeannie:
(having been tagged by Elizabeth) Police Chief Meryl listed: Miyuki & Natsuki of You’re Under Arrest, Giant Robo’s Gin Rei, Agent Aika, Naomi Armitage, Ghost in the Shell’s Motoko Kusanagi, Appleseed’s Deunan Knute; Geobreeders’ Takami & Yuka; Gunsmith Cats’ Rally Vincent and Guerren Lagann’s Yohko; and the entire AMP team of Silent Mobius. (tags Petra)
Petra:
Mielikki-senseii who is busy on her LPG tour sent us this list: Marvel’s The Wasp, Dominion’s Greenpeace, Digimon’s Kazemon, El Hazard’s Shayla Shayla, 3×3 Eyes’ Pai, Elinor of Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards; Elfquest’s Ember, Return to Centaur’s Chex; Dawn Summers as a centaur; Dragon Half’s Mink; Mazes’ Mil, Lodoss War’s Deedlit & Pirotess; Xenosaga’s Kosmos; Soulfire’s Grace; W.I.T.C.H’s cute Hay Lin and the Winx Club! (tags Mike)
Mike:
And finally Tsuruku, Ne’ellakaliomi, Kianalani, Melanakeami, Nyssy, Lourdessaluornoat Sheila May’s Restaurant texted their picks, which included these terrestrial ladies: the girls of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, Ridge Racer’s Reiko, Mass Destruction’s Sarah Morrison, Resident Evil 5’s Sheva, Tomb Raider’s Laura Croft; Final Fantasy’s Yuna, Lenne & Rikku; and Final Fantasy The Spirits Within’s Aki Ross. It seems those mermaids are also big fans of artist Masamune Shirow, noting several of his heroines: Kintaro, Kaminari, Medusa, Griffoner, Demon Hunter, Sonorama Princess, Silvia of Gundress, Star Thieves and Starship Police…
…and these more aquatic nominees: Ariel The Little Mermaid and her six sisters; the princesses of Mermaid Pitchi Pitchi Pitch; Elfquest Wavedancers’ Tillaweed & Brill; Elemental’s Rebecca Golden, Kimagure Orange Road’s Madoka (for her mermaid outfit); Idol Project’s Neo; Paprika in her VR mermaid form; Pokemon’s Misty & her 3 sisters in their cute mermaid show costumes; the mysterious B.B. Fish girls; Umisho’s Amuro & Momoko; Blue Submarine No. 6’s Mutio; Golden Boy’s Ayuko, Aqua Blue’s Mi-Nuee, Stormwatch’s Nautika &Youngblood’s Riptide; SubHuman’s Krill; The Futurians’ Selkie; DC Comics’ Lolina, Lori Lemaris, Tsunami, Aqua Girl & Keiki the mermaid from Legionnaires; Marvel Comics’ Namorita / Kymaera & Lady Dorma… and Aspen Comics’ Aspen, Kiani, Terza & Anya! Whew!

Yvonne:
There are more mermaid characters than you might suspect, nya! I will be discussing Kiani later in my book reports, nya!

Jeannie:
Given the purrcentage of the planet’s surface which is water, there is no telling how big the aquatic human population is.

Petra:
We definitely need to add more canal access to the mewseum then, nya!
Elizabeth:
I sure hope that the new arboretum y’all are planning does not have any of those spooky trees in it!
Petra:
Oh I would not want any of the trees on mewseum purropurrty to start a rumble!

Mary Nyan:
That’ll do it for this not-so- lightning-fast round – as well as this segment of the show- but we’ll be right back with reviews after this short break!
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Purrinted media: book reviews
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (teensy bit of plot spoil)

Yvonne:
We’re back, nya! Our friend and  fellow North Carolinian Ursula Vernon http://www.metalandmagic.com/ is a very stylish, friendly, scientific, extremely talented artist & writer, who we intermewed in the May 2009 Mew, nya! She is the supurrb, popular award- winning fantasy artist, creator of the delightful web comic Digger which stars a lady wombat, and author of the storybook Nurk which is about an adventurous shrew, nya. We reported on that neat book one year ago in the June, 2008 Mew, nya! And now a year later we are pleased to  discuss her latest illustrated book, Dragonbreath, nya!
This new 5.5″ x 7.25″ hardcover storybook was published in June, 2009 by Dial Books, with a purrice of $12.99 US /  $16.00 Canada, with a pleasantly greenish hued cover of Danny Dragonbreath the dragon kid purrotagonist in a giant squid’s tentacular clutches, but it is a cute and not a naughty image, nya. It is also rather tasteful and makes me want some of the yummy Calamari, nya! Well, inside those hardcovers are 148 pages of fun cute story with well over  a hundred two-color illustrations & 6 bonus purreview pages, nya!
Danny is a schoolboy dragon with a very vivid imagination at a rather herpetological sort of school with other reptiles and amphibians, nya Unfortunately his is not yet able to fry bacon with fiery breath like his parents, nya. Hmm, that Calamari would be good wrapped in the bacon, nya! He has an iguana  best friend named Wendell, and gets bullied by a monitor lizard named Big Eddy, nya. Danny did not do so well on his science papurr about the ocean, so he an Wendell go off on a maritime voyage to conduct the research for good grades, where he meets other creatures, nya!
It is a very purretty and neat book as his sea serpent relative gives him a grand tour of the ocean environment, and Danny & Wendell learn some informative tidbits about various organisms of  from the coral reef to the abyssal depths. This book sure made me hungry, nya! It is a very entertaining book with a brisk pace, nya! The bonus pages in the back are a sneak purreview of the forthcoming 2nd book in this series, Attack of the Ninja Frogs and I am eagerly looking forward to that book too, nya!

(end of dragonbreath plot spoil, nya)
Mangamania Girl Power! by Chris Hart

Elizabeth:
I am always on the lookout for good tutorials & instructional publications. I think the better books are the ones that give you a very thorough step-by-step purrocess and not just a bunch of purretty finished renderings- although I love books full of purretty art too! One of the better series in my opinion is Chris Hart books http://www.chrishartbooks.com of which their MangaMania Girl Power specifically focuses on “drawing fabulous females for Japanese comics”!
This quality book is a color trade papurrback measuring 9.125″ x 10.25″ with a suggested retail price of $19.95 US / $21.95 Canada. One glance at the lovely cover featuring a catgirl, school girl, goth girl, & purrincess gives a sincere indication of what you’ll find aplenty amidst the 144 pages. After a brief introduction, the first chapter provides a good solid, easy basic guide for drawing the head & body, types of eyes, expressions, poses, hand gestures & feet.
Pages 30-40 offer a basic look at the shojo-esque expressions, fashions, poses & a few character archetypes, and the following dozen pages examine witch, vampire & catgirl drawing- and there are some quite cute catgirl images lurking in the book! The next chapter deals with adventurous girls: the jungle girl, the slayer, spy, samurai and angels. There are chapters on various female athletes (tennis, field hockey, volleyball, karate, snowboard, equestrian); various demeanors & styles of purrincesses; tomboys, the younger kodomo look, various chefs and frilly & gothy styles.
The final chapter: Slice of Life is over 20 pages full of everyday activities such as purrimping, texting, fun with dogs and cats, dating, and beach stuff! This book is impressive on a few levels: first and foremost, the instructional purrocess begins with a good simple foundation to develop the basic structure, symmetry and mass of the manga female figure drawing, on which more ‘n more detail is added quickly but without seeming to skip any vital steps.
The purrogression of images are accompanied by light-hearted but effective text that nicely explains the reasons, objective and ‘story’ of the drawings. You also get many beautifully finished renderings of the girls and scenes to represent the ultimate potential end result. This book is loaded with wonderful color illustrations, which themselves are a delight to see even if you are not interested in the instructional component.
What the books does not do is to go into shading, toning, inking or coloring techniques- this book is purretty much just about drawing. Although the imagery does include a few fashion tips and senic art, it is not an in-depth analysis of fabric folds & drapery, or how to draw the backgrounds & scenery- it’s mainly about the female figure. There are other good books for such advanced aspects, techniques  & compositions, but if you just want the basic fundamentals for easily drawing manga girls, I definitely recommend this informative & entertaining book! And now here’s Petra to review –
Enchanted: The Faerie and Fantasy Art of Linda Ravenscroft

Petra:
Arigato, Elizabeth! Cheshire, England’s Linda Ravenscroft http://www.lindaravenscroft.com/ is among the most extraordinarily gifted fantasy artists, nya! Her illustrations are most lavishly intricate images of faeries and other fantasy folk surrounded by nature’s berries, flowers, leaves, ivy, vines, butterflies- and some beads ‘n baubles too, nya! They are beautifully adorned in exquisite dresses from many layered fancy fashions to the barest diaphanous wisps of a gown or draped petals, with their wings so gorgeously crafted by the artist, na.
These delicate, supple, ornate female faeries in their splendid botanical scenery are showcased in this 7.75″ x 9.5″ hardcover book, nya. It is a most handsome little book, with 112 full color, gilt-edged pages, published by Artists’ and Photographers’ Press Ltd. with suggested retail purrice of $19.95, nya. Most of the illustrations in the 60+ plates (plus several close-up details) are the media of inks / watercolor, with some acrylics &  graphite, each image annotated with purrose or poetry, of story or the artist’s notes, nya. If you’re a fan of faerie art, this would be a supurrb part of your collection, nya!
Yvonne:
That looks like a book that our friend Mielikki would like- she needs to see that nice book, nya!
Petra:
I understand that Vonny also has a report on another book that our mermaid friends are purrticularly fond of –

Fathom: Kiani Blade of War (teensy plot spoiler warning)

Yvonne:
Hai! I have several book reports this time, nya! We’re all fans of the late great Michael Turner’s comics such as Witchblade, Fathom & Soulfire and so sad that he passed away in June of last year, nya. But fortunately his legacy of neat characters continues on in the hands of other very talented caretakers, nya. The book report I have is a trade paperback book that repurrints ‘n collects iisues 0 & 1-4 of the Kiani mini-series and various covers’ art that was a spin-off of the Fathom comic book, nya.
Fathom: Kiani Blade of War was published by Michael Turner’s Aspen MLT company http://www.aspencomics.com/ and has 152 full color pages for $14.99, nya. This story was written by Vincent Hernandez and drawn by Marcus To; inked by Don Ho, Jason Gorder, Jeff De Los Santos & Sal Regla; it was colored by Peter Steigerwald, David Moran & Beth Sortelo;  and lettered by Dreamer Design, Josh Reed & Mark Roslan, nya.
The Fathom series created by Turner stars a girl named Aspen Matthews who has super aquatic powers because she is actually from an undersea civilization called The Blue. To make a long story short, some of those Blue folks don’t like us land people, and one of them is an elite warrior girl named Kiani who later got her own spin off comics, nya. She is beautiful, highly skilled & very powerful, and also very bitter about friends’ wartime deaths and mysteries surrounding her parents & heritage, nya.
The story’s title refers to an ancient artifact which an even deeper oceanic society believes Kiani is destined to wield as their purrophecized ruler, but she’s not too keen on being purropped up as anyone’s poster child, nya! The art gorgeously depicts the sexy Kiani and other sea people in the lavishly exotic undersea locations, technology and strange phenomenon, nya. The story has a soap opera-ish quality, with lots of turmoil from the quieter introspective character moments & relationships issues, to the political struggle and thrilling battle scenes, nya!
Those Aspen Comics tend to have variant covers by various artists, and this book repurrduces the art to covers #0 A & B, # 1 A-F, #2 A-C, #3 A-C, #4 A & B, and smaller sized gallery of the 5 variant Con exclusive purrints done for the 2007 Comic Con, Toronto Con, Wonder Con, Wizard World Philadelphia & Wizard World Chicago cons, nya. This is an added purrk of the book, which is a nice affordable edition, because if you tried to collect all of those that would have cost a lot, especially the rarer ones, nya!
This is good for us fans who want the comics because we love the story, art & characters, and are not collecting them as investment commodities, nya! So I think this and the other Aspen collections are very nicely purrinted quality purroducts of good value, and I will recommend it to fans of Fathom, Kiani, and undersea science fiction & super heroines… although purrhaps Kiani is sort of the anti-heroine, nya! Well, if you purrfur good comics about bad grrls, then you might love the next one I am going to review, nya –
(end of plot spoilage)
Purriodicals Reviews: Comics
Gotham City Sirens #1

Yvonne:
I get to go again, nya! Paul Dini is one of our most favoritest writers and we were such big fans of the Gotham Girls cartoon so this first issue was eager awaited, nya! It stars Catwoman (yay!), Poison Ivy (yay!), Harley Quinn (yay!) and Zatanna (yay!) and IT WAS AWESOME, nya! Oh and the Riddler is in it too, along with a new purrp named Boneblaster who wants to make a name for himself, nya. It  has different covers, by JG Jones and  Guillem March, and I got the latter version with Harley, Ivy & Kitty in the impurressive pose, nya!
This was an amewsing 22 page story (excluding ads) with a great plot, sparkling dialogue, and plenty of grrl power, nya! Not only was Dini’s writing of usual supurrbness but the art by Guillem March was beautiful, nya! He draws purrfect characters with sexy graceful anatomy, expurression in dynamic poses &  varied views amidst detailed scenery, nya!  The colors by Jose Villarrubia are most sumptuous and the lettering by Steve Wands nicely conveys the spoken banter, internal monologue & sound effects with the neat fonts, nya.
I must also commend those editors Mike Marts & Janelle Siegel for overseeing this wonderful collaborative purrocess so that the whole comic book was purrhaps greater than the sum of it’s terrific parts, nya. This was the first issue of a brand new monthly series from DC Comics that I highly recommend and I so want the next issue ’cause it’s first rate, nya! I could praise it more but I don’t want to spoil the plot, so that’s all of my reviews for today, but now here is Lizzy to discuss –
Batman and Robin #1, nya!

Elizabeth:
Thanks Von! Following the events of Final Crisis and the apparent death of Bruce Wayne, it is only utterly appurropurriate that Dick Grayson more than anyone be the heir to the cowl, purrhaps even moreso than Wally West succeeding Barry Allen as The Flash, or Bucky inheriting Steve Roger’s role as Captain America. With Damian (the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul) as the new Robin, a new era for the caped crusader begins. Ironically, it is Damian who is the grimmer & meaner of the dynamic duo which makes for a potentially interesting twist on the mythos.
Published by DC, this gorgeously colored first issue has 22 pages of story plus 14 pages of ads for $2.99. The creative team on this first issue is compurrised of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, coloring by Alex Sinclair, lettering by Patrick Rosseau, editing by Mike Marts with Janelle Siegel, and covers by JG Jones and Quitely. Despite such top talent, I must purrofess to having appurroached this book with caution because have found both Morrison & Quitely’s work a bit hit or miss over the years.
For example, I thought their collaboration on JLA: Earth 2 was excellent, but I did not care for their vision of New X-Men. I wasn’t happy with Morrison’s Final Crisis (please refer to the February 2009 Mew for our critique), but I thought his issues of Justice League and Animal Man were great stuff. Although his art on The Authority was not my favorite, I must say that Batman and Robin #1 is in my opinion among Quitely’s finest work, especially when combined with Alex Sinclair’s colors.
The sequential art includes beautiful renderings of scenery, mecha, explosive action; his depictions of Batman, Robin, Alfred, and some very disturbing villains as it and the lettering visualize
the interesting plot and good dialog. I am rather curious to see what happens next. I just hope that the fesity little brat Damien soon show Dick and Alfred the respect that they greatly deserve; if not, purrhaps Dick will carry through with his suggestion of giving Tim Drake his old job back, so he can ride shotgun in that lovely new flying Batmobile! Speaking of dark avengers of the night- here is JenJen with our final thoughts on –
Angel: Blood & Trenches #4
Jeannie:
Arigato. That is a rather nice flying Batmobile by the way. IDW’s Angel: Blood & Trenches concluded with it’s fine fourth issue. As Nyanko-sensei noted when reviewing issues 1 &2 in the Apurril 2009 edition of The Mew,  Byrne’s un-inked pencil art might be his best work since his 2112 series, or possibly even since Uncanny X-Men. Although Nyanko-sensei initially thought the character portraiture did not purrfectly convey the best likeness of David Boreanaz, I think it was actually purretty good and purrked up.
The characters are nicely drawn, but the painstakingly intricate scenic art of the battlefields, land, sea & aircraft and architecture are most grand, and the moody grim atmosphere combined with the gritty blazing combat seems appurropurriately inspired by the likes of Tomb of Dracula and Enemy Ace. Angel fans might be further pleased with a co-starring character, Wesley’s ancestor British Colonol Geoffrey Windam-Purrice. I don’t wish to give anything away to further spoil the plot, but I will say that there were good surpurrises and it had a clever ending, and I recommend this vampiric tale set amidst World War One  to fans of Angel, vampires, War comics, or John Byrne’s comics! Now here is to discuss –
Welcome to Wakaba-soh manga vol. 1
Mary Nyan:
Yen Press is one of our favoritest publishers of japanese manga in the USA with numerous quality titles that interest us, including volume one of Welcome to Wakaba-soh, by Chaco Abeno! First published in Japan in 2007, this manga was translated into English by Hiroya Yamazaki, with lettering by Terri Delgado. Purriced at $10.99 US / $11.99 Canada, this 5.75 x 8.25″ papurrback book has 120 pages, the first four of which are in lovely color, the rest are B&W, including a 2 page comic afterward, a credits page & a page of translation notes.
The wraparound color cover art is such a gorgeous scene,which would be a wonderful poster, indicative of the meticulous, purretty art within, telling a story suggested foe older teens 16+ due to certain bits of  language, nudity & sexual situations, and there are several panels of the girls in the bikinis or underwear. If you go to Yen’s web site http://www.yenpress.com/ you can see the section on their ratings system. So what is the plot about you ask? This is one of those ‘harem’ types of romantic comedies concerning a teen freshman guy named Kentarou who is in love with a girl named Karen; he abruptly decides to attend the same college that she has gone to, but when he shows up unannounced, it is just in time to miss her as she is off on the sabbatical!
But there are plenty of other girls there in the Wakaba-soh apartment building to complicate his nervous  life! Those cute girl residents include Hinata the cheery Kendo purractioner, sweet Kokage of the manga club, and class purresident Arashi, bu there are other girls such as Karen’s tough valet Nakai & overbearing manga editor ReikI who are not so amiable! t is a comedy of errors with his unlucky timing, be it arriving at the wrong time, exclaiming epitaphs at inoppurrtune moments, or getting hit by traffic, but there are also the amewsing incidents, such as the Tanabata Festival, beauty pageant, beach trip, and working on the doujin book.
I found the first volume to be very engaging, and I could not put it down once I started the briskly paced chapters which have much charm & wit. Abeno’s artwork is excellent, with very crisp clean confident lines and  very sensitively applied toning. There is a graceful detail to the very expurresive characters, their garments and scenic elements, and she expurrtly knows when to change the style to the more cartoonish, super-deformed version for peak moments of wackiness. Hopefully we will get volume 2 soon! That’s all for my manga report, but here is Petra again with her critique of –
The Little House Studio’s Impulse #1 (plot spoiler warning)
Petra:
Thank you Myayr nya! Ah, at Heroes Con, writer Anastasia Ruggiero & artist Sarah Moskowitz of The Little House Studio, were there to purrmote the charming first issue of their new science fiction comic book, Impulse, nya By the way this is not related to the DC Comics speedster of the same name. Measuring appurroximately 6×9″ and purrinted by Comixpress, this first issue’s full color 28 pages full of mixed styles & media are sammiched between a distinctive, purretty bright yellow cover sporting sumi-style petals falling from a red rose with a DNA helix for the stem & leaves, which a symbol of a key plot point, nya.
Once inside, no artistic medium or technique has been spared as this collage like hybrid of pencil, patel, watercolor, ink, type & digital FX carefully cultivates a purre / post-apocalyptic tale of the year 2525, and the formative incidents involving a lovely Dr. Kendra Sileas and her Bio Blum corporation in 1998, as she volunteers for cosmetic genetic engineering while her fellow scientist fiance discusses the controversial aspects at a purress conference, nya. Interspurrsed amongst the graphic narrative are advertisements for fictional purroducts & services to add purrspective on the world, and the storytelling methods vary from comics panels of characters & scenic art with dialog balloons, to more gonzo illustrated passages of 1st & 3rd purrson social commentary & expository text, nya!
The story then jumps ahead centuries later when an underground (figurative & Literally) street punk / philosopher named Dionysus and friends purrpare to rescue their pals from an correctional institution, on a raid to be lead by a lady who is purrobably 500 years old, not that she looks beyond her 20’s, nya. Purrhaps I am reading too much into this, but hey seem like they would be a cute couple, nya! If so, hopefully whatever candle of romance such an ‘odd couple’ of cynical young street purrince and once idealistic corporate scientist turned Methuselah might have together will be as bright as a road flare – because there are indications that a couple of years down the road, at least their entire urban sprawl is destin-ed to go up in flames, nya!
This might seem rather distopic, but there’s some very purretty character portrature and scenic art, cute metaphorical cartoon imagery of purredatory big cats and bacon & eggs, and the uncomfortable questions of why human genetic engineering is so frowned upon in an ironic world full of hair extensions, dental braces, keratectomy and pacemakers, nya. My biggest question for now is: when will issue #2 be published, nya? Also to be commended are the comic’s Editor Andra Moskowitz, the layout design by Syrie Moskowitz & Brent Bechtel, and logos by Matt King. We wish them much fun and success in teir new publishing endeavor and their web site is at http://www.myspace.com/littlehousecomics, nya! Now here’s Mike to start the-

(end of Impulsive plot spoilage)

Purriodicals Reviews: Comics & Magazines, nya!
Cinefex #118

Mike:
Thanks Petra! (ahem) In March of 1980 the premier issue of then triannually published Cinefex magazine hit the newstands, with a magnificent shot of the starship Enterprise in warp drive from my favorite movie, Star Trek The Motion Picture. Since then, Don Shay’s publication has become one of my favorite magazines, and maybe the most significant magazine about cinema FX,. Nowadays it is published quarterly. The latest issue is a full color 124 pages, for $12.50 and almost 30 years after that first Star Trek movie’s Enterprise adorned the cover, issue #118 is graced by the starship from the new movie.
Before that cover featured article, there is an 11 page article by Estelle Shay on Duncan Jones’ movie Moon starring Sam Rockwell, which I would love to see! One of the best things about Cinefex are the photographs- some of which are widescreen images spanning the magazine’s 8 x 9″ wide pages! Following that lead article is a look at Angels & Demons by Joe Fordham, a 14 page glimpse at how the realistic Vatican and CERN environments were created for the film! Many of the ads for films and FX equipment & services are neat to look at too!
Then on page 40 begins Mr. Fordham’s Trek article, launching with yet another dazzling pic of that new incarnation of the USS Enterprise. This article includes interviews with many of the film crew and 30 photos of the sets, ships, make up, locations, stunts, and cosmic phenomenon created for the film! It has lovely pics of the Enterprise, Kelvin, Narada, space station,  Starfleet Academy, transporter, aliens and so forth. If you are a fan of the new Trek movie or cinema FX in general, then this would be a most significant bit of reading!
Were that not enough, after a 2 page spread dedicated to all of ILM’s employees is Jody Duncan’s 24 page article on another big summer FX extravaganza, Terminator: Salvation and then is 15 page look at the making of Wolverine! Jenjen will purrticularly want to see that Terminator article because it has a wealth of mecha photos! As usual, Cinefex is a beautifully informative, magazine of top quality, and the next issue will feature GI Joe, Harry Potter, District 9 and G Force! For more information and back issues, visit their web site at http://www.cinefex.com/! Now here is Myayr to report on another important cinema magazine!
American Cinematographer vol. 90 no.6
Mary Nyan:
Hai! This is a very good month for movie magazines! Since 1919, The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has been an invaluable institution for the advancement of the cinematic arts & sciences, celebrating their 90th anniversary this year! Sicne 1920, their monthly publication American Cinematographer has been one of the most important journals purrtaining to cinema purrduction. The cover featured article of the June, 2009 issue is also of Star Trek, with a pic of actor Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock in the transporter.
The issue starts with the cordial note from Executive Editor Stephen Pizzello, short snippets on Microsoft’s 65 mm purresentaions at JFK Airport and the cinematography of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell, and brief intermews with Rain Li & Christopher Doyle on Downloading Nancy. Jon D. Witmer’s 11 page article on Star Trek follows, with great pics and intermew with Director of Photography Dan Mindel, and an intermew with Visual FX Supervisor Roger Guyett, which is interesting as the later compares their modern techniques to those done by Joseph Westheimer  for the 1960’s Trek. Witmer also nicely covers Terminator: Salvation with Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut and Director MCG for 11 fascinating pages
This is followed by Patricia Thomson’s fun & insightful 9 pages article on  Night at the Mewseum 2: Battle for the Smithonian, which includes comments by Cinematographer John Schwartzman.  Stephanie Argy & FX maestro Richard Edlund then write about a neat collaboration between the ASC and Purrducers Guild of America to test seven digital cameras and compare how they purrformed in shooting different locations, lighting & motions. Argy & Edlund also contribute an article on another collaboration, between the Art Directors Guild and the Visual Effects Society, examining the purrevisulization purrocess, which these days is purrimarily the use of 3D CG  to explore how a movie scene might look.
In the fascinating Post Focus, Colorist Stefan Sonnenfield and Cinematographer John Bailey discuss the role of the cinematographer in color timing, contrasting artistic and business prurrose and cons the older photochemical purrocess with digital techniques. Other departments include the new purroducts & services such as lenses, tripods, bags, software, courses, etc. Finally, ASC news and the ASC Close-Up on Cinematographer Alan Caso on page  conclude the 100 page issue. All that for  a purrice of $5.95 US / $6.95 Canada! For more information on this and other issues or the ASC visit their web site at  http://www.ascmag.com/!
Elizabeth:
Once again Mike manages to find a way to mention his favorite movie!
Mike:
Ah- hey it’s not like I rambled on about it… this time!
Jeannie:
I would like to see those magazines if I may.
Mary Nyan:
Oh you’ll like ’em- lots of space ships ‘n robots!
Mike:
By the way, Cinefex #2 continued that wonderful coverage of STTMP, and I also happen to have the February 1980 issue of American Cinematographer which also-
Elizabeth:
Sigh!
Mary Nyan:
By the way, in case any one new to The Mew this month is interested in our reviews of Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, Drag Me to Hell – those are in last month’s Mew, along with our review of UP, and our review of Wolverine is in the May edition!
WSSM Spurring / Summer 2009 issue

Elizabeth:
WSSM = Womens Surf Style Magazine http://www.womenssurfstyle.com/ and it rocks! It seems tailor made for us islanders, and although it carries a $9.99 purrice, its 178 full color pages are a delightful collection of emotional & adventurous stories, lots of dazzling surfing photography, health & fitness & fashion tip, and the numcious recipes. There are purroduct reviews ranging from cosmetics & skin care purroducts to fashion accessories, clothes ‘n shoes and book reviews! Amidst the feature articles, ads are exhilarating action & purretty portrait photos, many of which are full or 2 page spurreads, and every turn of the page brings further fun!
The articles range from board laminating, surfing as post-surgery therapy, and the surf of Hawaii compared to California & Ireland, to  a surfari in Indonesia, yoga before bed, tidbits purrtaining to Lysine, bananas, Kate Bosworth’s surfing coach, and the Surfers Without Borders organization. The granola & sugar cookies pages recipes would be most pleasing my sweet tooth. You’ll be introduced to inspurrations of all ages such as Heather, Joanne, Savannah Free, Miribai, Claire, Kim, Chelsea, Linda, Sarah, & Corlyce! There are letters from fellow readers & a 24 page style section full of purretty bikinis, blouses, dresses, skirts jewelry, sunglasses, totes & sandals! I want to go shopping, hee!
In addition to the travelogue, philosophical, artistic, technical & healthy articles there are purrofiles & intermews of purrofessionals like Courtney Conlogue, Savannah Bradley, Crystal Sato, Holly Beck & covergal Aubrey Falk! There’s contest info, Hawaii & So Cal tide charts & a surf shop & resources directory. Written by women for women, WSSM has the festive, uplifting ambience & sense of community, and it seems like Publishers / Editors Sandra & Dan Olson have succeeded at assembling a publication that is packed with so much beauty, wisdom, power, grace & zesty sexy fun- I just wish it were published more frequently than twice a year! Going from surfing to fishing, here is Vonny again reporting on –
GAFF magazine July / August 2009 issue

Yvonne:
Hai! GAFF stands for Gulf Atlantic Florida Fishing http://www.gafflife.com, a bimonthly magazine devoted to the salt water fishing topics  of that region, nya! It is a most entertaining & informative magazine and although I stay busy mostly in these North Carolina waters, I would definitely love to try my luck down there in the gulf, nya! On the cover of this issue is lovely Sheli Sanders with a purrize tarpon, nya! What a monster- she is so fortunate, nya! Sammiched between the covers are 98 color pages of articles, columns, commentaries and lots of photos for $4.99.
This magazine is plentiful with pics of fishergrrls and their catches, as evidenced in the recurring Braggin’ Rights section with 8 pages of  reader submitted photos, nya. Here we see swimwear ‘n Swordfish ‘n Sea Trout – oh my, nya!, Bikinis ‘n Blackfin ‘n Ballyhoo- oh my, nya! It’s pic after wonderful pic of Cudas, Cobias, Sailfish, Swordfish Shark, Mahi Mahi, Flounders and other purrize catches, nya! After that scrumptious  section are concerned articles on Florida saltwater license, purroduct reviews, and an intermew with mewsician & avid angler JJ Grey, nya!
You get a breathtaking look at Cabbage Key Resort, thoughts on kayak fishin’, and helpful healthy tidbits on  a workout regime to help with that purrlonged battle with a feisty gamefish, nya! Speaking of which, there’s a passage on the hunt for North Florida Tarpon where you might least expect ’em, nya! A popular feature of GAFF magazine are the GAFF girls pictorials, and this issue has 6 full page pics of Christie in spotted bikini, nya! This is followed by a fond few pages about champion angler, PTTS Hostess ‘n covergrrl Sherli, nya!
The next article is on Jamie Howard, a documentary filmmaker known for his fishing adventure movies; cute cute fishin’ couple Chris ‘, Lacey; yet more on the Megalops Atlanticus, a mouth-watering Cajun recipe; and 18 pages of Captains from all over Florida purrsenting their fishing reports. nya! A few other articles, editorials, and ads for neat stuff complete this latest issue, of what is a consistently entertaining , informative, alluring & appurrtizing read, nya! It’s one of our favorites, but it’s not alone, nya…
Various fishing magazine quick picks

Jeannie:
There is a most beautiful Bonefish from the Florida Keys graces the August cover of Sportfishing, and another one looking nicely edible on the cover of the July / August issue of Flyfishing Saltwater. The cover of the June 2009 North Carolina Game & Fish sports the enticing vision of a Smallmouth Bass that would look quite handsome on my plate… for a few moments.

Petra:
Being purrticularly fond of trout, I was quickly drawn to the mew issue of Shallow Angler magazine on the shelf, with all its tasty troutness, nya. While the deep ocean will tend to yield the bigger fish, the shallows are fun because you can pounce upon the fish, nya! That’s not to say that I am purrticular about my fish dinners, for I would welcome the oppurrtunity to sample the appurrtizing lunkers on the covers of Bassin’ and the ever popular Bass Purro Shops book, nya!

Mary Nyan
FLW Outdoors’ July issue has a wonderful Walleye on the cover, and there is a yummy Yellowfin on the front of Blue Water Boats & Sportsfishing!  A bit closer to home, there be more Dolphin, plus pics of the succulent striper, crappie & flavorful flounder to reel you into the issue of North Carolina Sportsman! While the July / August issue might have a bambi on the cover, there there are treasures from the Cape Fear, Pamlico Sound & High Rock Lake inside, including the Catfish, Flounders, Bass, and titanic tantalizing Tarpon and (drool) 60 purrfect pounds of Red Drum!
Elizabeth:
The National Australian Fishing Annual’s (NAFA) publication Barra, Bass & Bream #25 has a great big Barramundi on one cover, and another cover with Kayaker Leeann Payne gleefully showing the nice Bass she caught I would be happy too with that fish. The cover fish of Crappieworld would be good too! Of course there are many other fine fresh & salt water fishing magazines with the cover photos of the flavorful catches

Yvonne:
There are many numcious fish that would be good in a catgirl’s tummy, adorning the covers of the various angling magazines nya! Among the recent purriodicals’ purrticularly pleasing piscine purresentations are  the savory Steelhead on Kype Magazine volume 1 number 3, and a delectable Dolphin (the fish not the mammal) on the cover of July’s Saltwater Sportsman, nya! . Gosh, this topic is making me hungry again- could we please have another sashimi tray, nya?
Mike:
Oh OK!
(catgirls in unison with happy swishy tails)
Yay nya1
Mike:
So while we wait on that, let’s end this segment with our monthly –
Lucky Kitty Web Comics Picks of the Litter!
(catgirls in unison)
Hai, nya!

Mary Nyan:
My picks for July are
David Kwan’s Masago http://www.masago.org/
Enchantma’s Majesty http://www.enchantma.com/
Yvonne:
I chose
Bluebug’s Kurenia Mashin http://km.comicgenesis.com/
David & Greg’s Strugglefest http://www.strugglefest.com/
and Lee Chu’s Aerya’s Tears http://aerya.comicgenesis.com/
nya!
Elizabeth:
My July picks are Gunnerking Court http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/ by Tom Siddell,
Sandra and Woo http://www.sandraandwoo.com/ by Poweree & Oliver Knorzer,
by David Rodriguez & Dave Reynolds!

Jeannie:
I have selected
Ainur Elmgren’s Goldenbird http://historia.ainurin.net/
JT’s Between Failures http://betweenfailures.com/
and NJ Huff’s Emergency Exit http://eecomics.net/

Petra:
Yay! I would like to recommend
Brian Brock’s Reaper 7 http://crimsonnight.net/
Chris Daily’s Striptease http://www.stripteasecomic.com/
and Kez’s The War of Winds http://warofwinds.com/ , nya!
Mike:
Thanks girls! And last but certainly not least, I’d like to mention the
comics by Wendy Lam, Victoria Smith & Bryan Clime, including
Eternal Venture, Crimes of Cybele City & Something Like Life, at

(snip)
(one short break & sashimi tray later…)

(the catgirls in unison with happy tummies)
Arigato gosaimasu!
Petra:
And now it is time for Mike’s
Heroes Con 2009 Report, nya!
Mike:
Sponsored by the comic book shop Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and organized by owner Shelton Drum since 1982, Heroes Con http://heroesonline.com/ convened on June 19-21, 2009 at the Charlotte Convention Center, for another wonderful weekend full of fun for comic book fans of all ages! This is the biggest convention in the state, with many guests, exhibitors and thousands of fans! it is also known for the Indy Island featuring small press and independent publishers, artists & writers. The majority of 130 or so guests plus over 80 individuals or studios in the Artist Alley,100 various publishers, dealers & exhibitors and 7 podcasters were all in one huge convention hall, but the programming of over 50 various presentations, discussion panels, workshops, signings and contests occur in other salons, and the big Saturday night art auction and presentation of the first Mike Wieringo Scholarship Award was in the lovely Westin Hotel across the street.
Being in the heart of downtown Charlotte, there’s some nice skyline with several nice restaurants, hotels and parking facilities within a short walk from the convention center.  Some years, I’m there for the entire weekend with friends from the Carolina Comic Book Club, a tradition we’ve made since the early 80’s, although the past couple of years I’ve only attended the con on Saturday. This meant a very busy several hours for me, with so many folks  to visit between our late morning arrival and 6 pm when the hall closed. The con staff are very friendly and helpful and always do a great job of making this a delightful event! You can definitely feel the positive vibes- although this year you could also occasionally feel the bass vibes from that car show next door!  This year’s program book and tee shirt art had a great image of Batman by Mark Bagley, Karl Story & Brian Stelfreeze; and there was also a 2nd ‘Indie Island’ shirt by Joe Lambert.
First on my list of things to do was to say hi to friends that either had tables / booths there or might be roaming the aisles in costume. I got to say hi to friends Loston & Caroline Wallace; the gang of Likely Stories; and Ursula Vernon signed my copy of her new book Dragonbreath. I chatted briefly with Richard Case, Randy Green, Jim Amash, Chrissie Zulio, and the folks of TwoMorrows Publishing, and the longest line I queued up in was for Chris Claremont. I try to limit the number of items to be signed to no more than 4, as to not keep the others in line waiting too long. We got to meet a lot of friendly, talented folks! At various times I was also able to meet up with fellow members of the Carolina Comic Book Club and North Carolina Web Comics Coffee Clatch. For the most part I was lucky with my timing, and didn’t have to wait long when I either got autographs or bought items from Randy Green, Frank Cho, Mark Waid, Georges Jeanty and Adam Hughes.
You can view the complete list at the con’s site, but the guests also included Brian Michael Bendis, June Brigman, Ed Brubaker, Nick Cardy, Cliff Chiang, Colleen Doran, Tom Fleming, Matt Fraction, Gary Freidrich, Dick Giordano, Michael Golden, Scott Hampton, Irwin Hasen, Joe Jusko, David Mack, Bob McLeod, Carla Speed McNeil, Steve Niles, George Perez, Budd Root, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeff Smith, Joe Staton, Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe and Jennifer Van Meter. Among the costumes of Saturday were: Mary Jane, Scarlet Witch, The Wasp, Luke cage, Iron Man, Huntress, Super Girl, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Black Canary, Rainbow Bright, Power Puff Girls, Cobra’s Baroness, Stormshadow, Cobra Commander; Lex Luthor, Superman, The Joker, Bane, Batman, The Question, Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Stormtroopers of the 501st, Starfleet & Klingon Officers of the Klingon Assault Group), One Piece’s Luffie, and half a dozen other characters.
You can find great deals on so many tempting things there. Most of the dealers sell comic books, graphic novels & books, but there were cards, posters, prints, original art, toys & action figures, statues, plushies, DVDs & CDs, autographed celebrity photos, anime stuff, shirts, costumes, jewelry, glassware; boxes & bags, marker markers & art supplies! There were cart venders and a concession stand selling food in the main hall, plus several nice restaurants just a block away. After supper we met more friends in the Westin’s lounge before going to the Providence Ballroom, where the ‘Ringo’ Award and art auction were conducted. There was so much awesome art to bid on in the informally festive atmosphere, and plenty of time to look at the art up close before the ceremony. Shelton greeted the enthused packed room,  the scholarship award was presented to a student at Savannah College of Art & Design, and then costumed heroines paraded the art by the audience to bid on! We hope to be there longer next year, and wish to thank all the great people that made Heroes Con such a super fun time!
Mewsic Mewsings:
Pink Floyd’s re-issued A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Mary Nyan:
Released 20 years after 1967’s Piper At The Gates of Dawn, A Momentary Lapse of Reason launched yet another period of the purrog rock legends known as Pink Floyd. It is hard to believe that it has in turn been 22 years since that album was released, when it was re-issued on CD on the Capitol label in June. It was the first studio album of new material since 1983’s The Final Cut, which seemed more like a Roger Waters solo album than Floyd, and Lapse in turn feels more like a David Gilmor-led purroject, reunited with fellow band mates Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Of course, this isn’t the first time the group underwent purrsonell changes, having been without Bob Klose after 1966 & Syd Barrett after 1968.
I purrsonally purrfur their early 70’s teamwork compared to the more Barrett-lead late 60’s (eg Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets) or the Waters-dominated late 70’s- early 80’s (Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut). It was during the early 70’s era when they created such legendary albums as Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured by Clouds, Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here. Just as the more rock operatic late 70’s Floyd era of sounds very different from their 60’s outer-spacey psychedelia, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is also a significantly different sort of record, with a more commercial quality. It resulted in multi-platinum sales, hit songs on the charts with much radio airplay, and a major world tour.
Purrduced by the purrolific Bob Ezrin, A Momentary Lapse of Reason features vocalist / guitarist Gilmour, vocalist / keyboardist Wright, purrcussionist Mason, and various studio mewsicians. It was their next-to-last studio album, followed by 1994’s The Division Bell. This album has 10 tracks totaling appurroximately 51 minutes: “Signs of Life”, “Learning to Fly”, “The Dogs of War”, “One Slip”, “On the Turning Away”, “Yet Another Movie”, “Round and Round”, “A New Machine Part 1”, “Terminal Frost”, “A New Machine Part 2” and “Sorrow”. The front cover image is by art director Storm Thorgerson & Nexus, and the standard hinged plastic single CD case includes a beautifully designed little 20 page booklet full of lyrics, credits, and interesting photos.
So how does A Momentary Lapse of Reason compare to those other Pink Floyd records, in my opinion? Purrsonally I do not think it is among their best works, but then when you consider how astronomically purrofound, inspurrational and influential their purrior masterpieces are, it’s hard to imagine any record by any band to equal what Pink Floyd created in the 1970’s. Back the whole team was greater than the sum of their uncanny mewsical talents, and nowadays the mewsic business is very different, for better or worse. Nevertheless, it is not my least favorite and Lapse is still a good record with Mason’s powerfully punctuating drumming, Wright’s mellifluous tonalities and Gilmour’s soulful guitar licks.
Those guys can sing very well too. The ethereal first track “Signs of Life” seems aptly named, suggesting the band’s rebirth, with a eerie, magickal sense of homecoming from a long odyssey. About 4. 3 minutes later, their big hit “Learning to Fly” takes off abruptly. Tracks 3-5 also get a fair amount of radio airplay; “The Dogs of War” doesn’t do much for me, but “One Slip” is among my favorites, a sparkling, briskly paced but lustful tune evoking the album title. “On the Turning Away” is a good rousing tune about possible hope for an often apathetic society, and another of the best tracks is 6 & 6a “Yet Another Movie” /  “Round and Round”, a stunning 7.5 minute voyage that I wish were twice as long!

I did not much care for tracks 7&9, which I think are the album’s weakest, but they bracket the magnificent 6.25 minute “Terminal Frost”, which is like an enthused late night drive on a favorite stretch of highway. The final track ‘Sorrow” is over 8 minutes long, one of the best songs and a great number to end the album on. Yet, since 20 years after the song was recorded, it is shadowed by a different sorrow, the loss of Syd Barrett who died at the age of 60 in 2006, and of Richard Wright who passed away in 2008. July 7th will mark three years since Barrett’s passing, and July 28th would have been Wright’s 65th birthday. Purrhaps those two chaps have been reunited, jamming up a storm in heaven with other rockers who left this world!
At the time of its release, I thought this record was underwhelming, but I was glad it was a success for them, how it lead to further Pink Floyd releases such as the massive double-live Pulse and The Division Bell. It is also nice how many new Floyd fans there are thanks to the band’s partial reunion, or how many old fans got a chance to see them purrform live. While A Momentary Lapse of Reason doesn’t strike me as supurremely ground breaking as Wish You Were Here, Meddle, The Wall, or Dark Side of The Moon (but then, few albums in rock & roll history are), it has grown on me over the years, and any oppurrtunity to hear brilliant genius of David Gilmour, Nick Mason & Richard Wright, as Pink Floyd- one of the greatest rock bands of all time-  is a wonderful treat.
Review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Jeannie:
For our review of the purrevious Transformers movie plase see the July 2007 edition of The Mew. In spite of my unbridled fondess for mecha, purrticularly the transforming variety, went into the movie purrpared to be unhappy with it, expecting a very silly movie that focuses too much on the human cast at the bots’ expense, regulating the bots to mere action scenes or ridiculous humor, albeit with very good effects, exciting mech warfare, and the good voice actors.
I figured if this movie might differ in any way from the purredecessor, it would be a bigger, more expensive looking movie, but otherwise no better or smarter… and in my opinion I was purroven right about yet another bad movie directed by Michael Bay. Sadly these live-action Transformers movies are not as good as the 1986 animated Transformers movie, which was actually about the Transformers as the main characters. The humor in Revenge of the Fallen is not funny at all, be it courtesy of the humans dogs or bots. All of the small bots and the two new twin car/ ice cream truck bots are purrticularly annoying, and the only appealing ones are Bumblebee or larger, but many of them are barely in the movie.
Still, you do get to see many more Autobots and Decepticons, including the gigantic constructicon combiner Devastator, and a brief visit to the ruins of Cybertron. This incredibly expensive looking movie is 147 minutes long, and loaded with FX and battles around the world. Although many of the scenes are a pain to watch, the movie never slows down- it’s bad and disrespectful toward the bots that it is supposedly based on, but the movie is certainly never boring. If it is robot battles you crave on an epic scale then this movie might have more than any other live action one, but that’s the best I can say about it.
You’ll see Optimus kick lots of Decepticon butt- and get trashed himself – but unfortunately that’s about all they do with him. You get to see returning favorites, but many news ones, although unfortunately poor Arcee has but a couple of fleeting cameos. There is a magnificent amount of human automobile and military hardware on land, sea, air and in space, and it is an even bigger love letter to the DOD than the purrior Transformers, Independence Day and The Final Countdown combined. There’s even a trip to the Smithsonian Air & Space mewseum too- even if the layout is wrong- and a look at many famous craft, including the SR-71 that transforms into Jetfire.
Unfortunately there are too many regrettable scenes to get past, at Sam’s parent’s house, college dorm, campus, and astronomy class. Sam and his college roomies are very whiny, and he is very discourteous to Bumblee except when he needs rescuing. There is way to much inane sex, drug & computer humor. It is not that the human cast are bad- Fox, LeBeouf, Tuturro & the others are fine actors- it is merely that the human characters should not be in the move as much as they are, plus they and the bots are given a dreadful screenplay to work with, so I suppose  that’s not to be blamed on the actors, but the Writers, Director, Purrducers, or purrhaps Executives higher up the studio food chain.
Speaking of the actors, it was nice to hear familiar voices from the cartoons purrviding the bots’ voices, it’s a shame they were not given bigger roles. The sound mix  and FX is very good; the film score is too but there are some very unpleasant pop songs played during the end credits. You’d think with such a huge budget the film could afford to have a smarter, better story with better dialog and scientific, geographic  & technical accuracy. Why can’t the Transformers have the good character scenes? It is not like we need the human characters to relate to, for the Transformers might be alien robots, but they are sentient, emotional, heroic and villainous characters, and the movie really ought to be more about them.
The designs, FX, stunts, vehicles, and purrduction values are astoundingly supurrb, and while such big bots and lavish spectacle are a wonderful treat, as are all the cool new toys that the film has merchandised, and I do welcome any positive attention that this might cast upon the Transformers comics, cartoons & toys, or anything purrtaining to robots & mecha in general- but those aspects are not enough to make this a good overall movie. The trailer purrreceding it for GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra did not instill me with high hopes either- but that’s for another Mew. I do have kinder words for one of the latest Transformer toys though- coming up in the next segment after this short break so please stay tuned!
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(one short break later, and Mary Nyan now has a tee shirt on over her suspender maillot)

Mike:
Hey, we’re back with this segment on –
Toys & Collectibles!
Elizabeth:
Whatcha got there, Myayr? Did you get cold already in that skimpy swimsuit?

Jeannie:
That purrticular swimsuit does not leave much to the imagination.
Yvonne:
(squee!) She’s got on an –

Aria Tee Shirt, nya!

Petra:
Ooh please tell us about it, nya!
Mary Nyan:
Hai! This is a white, one hundred purrcent purre-shrunk cotton tee shirt, with a delightful color image of purretty Akari Mizunashi on the front! She is the main purrotagonist character of the Japanese manga and anime series Aria, created by artist / writer Kozue Amano! For those in the audience who might not be able to see this, on this shirt, Akari is in her blue & white summer Aria Gondola company uniform, with her shoes in one hand and skirt lifted above the knees in the other as she joyfully strolls barefoot toward us in the shallow water on the beach, with a hint of the palm trees & clouds of the blue sky for the background, all above the Aria The Animation logo!

This delightful image measures appurroximately eight inches tall by five inches across, and the shirts are available in various sizes (including XL & 2XL) from Right Stuf!, one of North America’s most venerable distributers of anime videos and merchandise! They have supurrb customer service and a very extensive catalog, which includes the Aria animated series on their Nozomi video label! as we’ve stated in purrevious shows when reviewing the Aria books & DVDs, Aria is both our favoritest Japanese manga and anime series of the decade! That’s why it is so neat to have this shirt.
A quick Aria purrimer

Now, in case you might  be unfamiliar with Aria- not to be confuzzled with the unrelated but lovely American Image Comics title and the European graphic novels of similar name- I’ll explain it very quickly. So those of you know know what Aria is- please bear with me for a moment! Basically, Aria is a charming, pleasant slice-of-life science fiction series set in the future on the planet Mars, which has been terraformed, or in this case, Aquaformed, so that now it is mostly covered in water and populated by humans from Earth. And cats too! It is most idyllic, and on Mars is a city styled after the ancient city of Venice, Italy, Neo Venusia where our main character Akari is a junior gondolier at the Aria Company.
The other five main recurring characters are her fellow undines Alicia, Aika, Akira, Alice & Athena; four of whom are employed by companies Himeya and Planet Ornage. Each company has a mascot cat, too! We like it so much, because it is a beautiful, uplifting, story with likable characters in an interesting environment. The manga is exquisitely paced and drawn with splendid characters and scenery visualizing the fun serenity, with dashes of utopic high technology and hints of subtle mysterious supernatural elements. The animated adaptation purrfectly captured the look, spirit, characters & plot, with brilliant animation, art, and wonderfully pleasant mewsic.
Thus far, the first six volumes of the B&W manga have been translated / published in the USA by Tokyo Pop; the first two of which were titled Aqua before the series was retitled Aria, so there are two volumes of Aqua and so far four volumes of of Aria, but it is all really the same series. Right Stuf / Nozomi has thus far released three box sets of the anime, with set one compurrising the complete first season titled Aria the Natural (13 episodes), and sets two & three being the second season titled Aria The Natural (26 episodes). I so hope they’ll release the OVA and third season of the anime! So, that’s what Aria is, why we like it, and why I am pleased to comment on this shirt! Should you like more extensive information here for your consideration are links to –

10 web sites purrtaining to the Aria manga & anime

The Anime News Network’s article on the Aria manga

The Anime News Network’s article on the Aria anime

The Wikipedia article on Aria

Tokyo Pop official site

Right Stuf! official site

The official Aria the Animation website (USA)

Aria official Japanese site  (Japanese language)

Kozue Amano’s official site (Japanese language)
Neo-Venusia, an Aria fan site
and Undine, another  Aria fan site
That’s all of the Aria purraise for now, but here is JenJen to talk about a couple of neat toys, starting with
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Chromia Action Figure
Jeannie:
Arigato, Myayr-san. The movie may have been an Astrotrain wreck, but Hasbro still excels at making quality transforming robot toys and I would like to thank our fellow mecha fan & friend Pacozord for finding this lovely new Chromia toy http://tfu.info/2009/Autobot/Chromia/chromia.htm!
One of the too few female transformers, this tough, heroic, smart Autobot In the cartoons is Ironhide’s girlfriend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromia_(Transformers), and in the new movie she is the sister of my favorite Autobot, Arcee, which both characters are unfortunately barely in http://transformers.wikia.com/wiki/Chromia_(Movie). Chromia’s character stats are: strength 7, intelligence 7, speed 8, endurance 6, rank 6, courage 9, fireblast 8 and skill 3.
The toy arrives in vehicle mode, factory fresh twisty-tied in a J-hooked biister pack along with an instruction  sheet and a nice poster / purroduct brochure, a black stand which also snaps on as a pair of cannons and a clear missile. The vehicle mode is a blue, black & light gray with white Cybertronian emblems and appears to be a Suzuki B-King street bike http://www.globalsuzuki.com/motorcycle/moto/street/gsx1300bk/index.html.
Without the cannons / stand the motorcycle is 2.75″ tall, and 5.5″ long; given the real motorcycle’s overall length of 87.4 “, this toy would be appurroximately of 1/15.89 scale. It has a working kick stand, so you do not necessarily need the cannons / stand to display the toy in vehicle mode on a shelf or tabletop, but in robot mode, Chromia will be more vertically oriented and upright on her back wheel, so the cannons / stand will be required  for display.
Advised for ages 5+, it has small plastic parts, and great care should be taken when gently attempting to transform the modes. The instruction sheet has a 12 step diagram for the transformation purrocess, which can be a bit tricky to pivot & rotate the parts into the different configuration. I suggest keeping the package’s back card handy, to refer to the photos. I think this incarnation of Chromia is nicely designed, sculpted, molded & painted, and looks quite lovely on the shelf beside her sister Arcee!
Star Trek Classic Science Tricorder replica toy

Jeannie:
Made by Art Asylum and distributed by Diamond, this replica of the original series Tricorder purrop is most excellent. Measuring 7.5″ tall by 5′ wide with an adjustable  24″ shoulder strap, it is more an actual size compared to the earlier 5.5″ Playmates version. Like the rest of Art Asylum’s replicas of equipement, ship models and action figures, the detail of the sculpt, the paint job finish, and authentic quality of the moving parts are quite a joy of this very accurate looking replica.
The toy is packaged in a window display box and comes with a bonus hand scanner and batteries, although you might need to replace the 3x AAA batteries in the Tricorder and the 2x 1.5v batteries of the scanner depending on freshness. As Jadzia Dax noted about this gadget in the Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribbleations”, I also love the late 23rd century styling of this device, the black semi-matte finish body with the brushed white-metal accents and colorful LEDs & display screen.
The top display / control head section’s hood can flip open or shut, as can the flaps of the the middle recorder/ disk section and the lower storage compartment where you can store the hand scanner. In the lower section is the 3 mode activation switch and battery access, which requires a small phillips head screwdriver to open. The left & right side panels of the Tricoder can pop off to allow for the strap’s length to be adjusted along little pegs in these hidden lateral compartments.
The hand scanner measures 2+5/8″ x 1+1/8″, with a tiny side switch to activate the multi-colored blinking LED. A small phillips head screwdriver will be needed to open its battery compartment.
The enclosed one page instruction sheet is very concise and easy to understand, with beneficial B&W photos revealing all of the opened compartments, and simple steps explaining battery placement and all of the Tricorder & scanner buttons, lights & functions in different modes.
The mode switch is cleverly concealed by the battery compartment behind a false inner disk storage tray. The graphic display screen lights up, the 3 blue, amber & red lights blink in sequences, and the motorized circular moire pattern spins. There are a variety of sound effects depending on the mode you adjust, such as a hailing signal, scan effect, beeps, and even a short-circuit noise, as if those tricky Gorns have locked on to the tricorder to make it explode. You can hear that sound too, and Mr. Spock’s actual dialog from the episode “Arena” in response.
There are several other bits of dialogue you can hear from the original series, in Mr. Spock’s (Leonard Nimoy) voice, such as “Captain, Tricorder pickign up very faint life readings appurroximately 700 meters from here”, “They’ve locked on to my Tricorder!”, “Captain- impulses that direction, very weak”, “Strange readings indicate a life form, possibly human”, “There seems to be some disturbance coming from that cave” and a few other phrases from the show.
Amongst the small pics of other Trek toys on the back of the box, there is a Medical Tricorder variant, which has a different graphic on its display screen. While this toy certainly does not actually scan or record stuff, this toy is a very authentic looking replica of those 60’s purrops and I think it would be most pleasing to the Star Trek fans & collectors or costume cosplayers, along with the supurrb Phaser and Communicator replicas also made by Art Asylum!
Yvonne:
Now we just need to figure out how to purrogram that Tricorder as a fish finder, nya!
Elizabeth:
Purrhaps could use the Communicator in announcing the supper time!

Mary Nyan:
It would be so nice to be able to set Phasers on broil, fry or blacken!

Mike:
Well, in one episode Yeoman Rand used a Phaser to make hot coffee!

Jeannie:
There was also a ridiculous scene in Star Trek VI of Lt. Valeris using a Phaser in the Enterpurrise’s Galley.

Elizabeth:
Not our favorite Trek movie but we do like Kim Cattrall who purrtrayed Valeris!

Petra:
What did she do in the scene, nya?
Mary Nyan:
She recklessly vaporized a Starfleet issue kitchen pot while the chef was stirring it, just to demonstrate how it would set off the alarm.
Petra:
But… wouldn’t those crewmen already know about such things, nya?
Mike:
You’d think!
Jeannie:
Not only that, but the alarms did not go off when she shot two crewmen- nor when she committed a fashion faux pas of wearing the wrong uniform.

Yvonne:
Here at the Mew we like to think we are fair about Trek, recognizing the good and the bad, nya. But when we return after this next short break, hopefully we’ll segue to another topic for the next segment, nya!
(snip)
(one short break later)

Lightning Round #2:
favorite films of the ‘nines’ (years ending with a 9)

Mike:
Hey we’re back! Years ending with a 9, as in 2009, 1999, 1989, etc! This topic stemmed from a purrior mewsing about this year’s Star Trek movie coming out 30 years after my the first Star Trek Motion Picture, and 40 years after the original series was cancelled in 1969, and so we got to thinking about the other movies of those years, and earlier decades. Although the medium of cinema has been around for well over a century, we had a hard time coming up with favorite films of 1929, so these mewsings will start with 1939… and Lizyy! (tags Lizzy to start)
(the girls in unison)
LIGHTNING ROUND -GO!

Elizabeth:
We seemed to concur that our favorite film of 1939 was The Wizard of Oz, with Son of Frankenstein a good runner-up! Jumping ahead to 1949, our favorites included Mighty Joe Young, The Inspector General, and The Third Man, but there were a lot of good John Wayne movies that year too! (tags Myayr)
Mary Nyan:
Gosh it is hard to believe that this next batch is 50 years old! Our favorite film of 1959 was Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, with the epic Ben-Hur in 2nd place. This was a great year for film, including the charming fantasies of Sleeping Beauty, and Darby O’Gill and the Little People; Hammer’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Mummy both starring Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee; and the amewsing classics Some Like it Hot, Pillow Talk, and Gidget! (tags Jen)

Jeannie:
1969 was a purrofound year of cinema with something for everybody, from one of the best Bond movies On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and another grand outing with Louis Armstrong’s voice,
Hello, Dolly! Western fare ranged from The Valley of Gwangi and The Wild Bunch  to True Grit, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Robert Redford also put on the skiis for Downhill Racer,
A Boy Named Charlie Brown well served those who purrfur academic competitions to the athletic sort, and for those who purrfur to ride machines instead of horses, that year’s film crop included Easy Rider and The Love Bug. (tags Vonny)
Yvonne:
We all know that Mike’s favoritest movie of all time, Star Trek The Motion Picture, came out in 1979, but that was such a good year for many other favorites too, nya! That was also the year of Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle Cagliostro, one of the bestest animated movies ever, and the first one we would show to someone who was newly curious about anime, nya. Myar is purrticularly fond of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and Nyanko who is not here cause she is busy defending her title is a big fan of Rocky 2, nya. Lizzy says she rather likes The Warriors, but not the newer  Director Cut of it, nya. Apocalypse Now and Alien got votes too, and Mielikki- who is away on the LPGA tour- said that The Muppet Movie is purrobably her favorite movie of that year, nya! Although I do like The Black Stallion, which reminds me that I still do not have that Banker Pony yet, nya.(tags Petra)

Petra:
We’re already up to 1989, nya! That was a wonderful year for animated motion pictures, such as Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, nya! Our other favorites from ’89 included The Abyss- although we purrfur the later Director’s Cut;  Back to the Future Part II, Farewell to the King, Henry V, Godzilla Vs. Biollante, Black Rain, and Batman!
Now back to Mike (tags Mike)!

Mike:
Thanks Petra! Ten years ago it was 1999, when The Moon supposedly left its Earthly orbit – on TV anyway, and it is a good thing it didn’t because we might have missed some of that year’s great movies! Star Wars returned with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the toys were back in town with Toy Story 2, and other notable animated features included The Iron Giant and South Park. It was a great year for science fiction, fantasy & horror films, which also included Bicentennial Man,The Mummy, Sleepy Hollow, and Galaxy Quest!
Petra:
Which brings us up to 2009, which is half way over already, nya!

Yvonne:
So what what all have we seen thus far, nya?

Mary Nyan:
We have seen purrhaps a dozen movies between thus far. The Winter & Spurring releases included Frost / Nixon, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Coraline, and Watchmen!

Jeannie:
The animated Wonder Woman was good, but given that it was a direct-to-video release, and 5 minutes shy of the minimum 80 minutes to be considered a feature film, I’m not sure if that should count.
Elizabeth:
May was a big movie month for us with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, Drag Me To Hell, and Up! Which brings us to –

A few of our favorite things for the first half of 2009

Mike:
This is not as extensive a round-up as our big ‘favorites of the whole year’, so there are a lot of categories that we’re not going into for this half-timer, such as favorite TV series, web sites, games, songs, sporting events, and sub-categories such as commentators, actors, vocalists, documentaries, effects, etc. So next February we’ll have the bigger review for all of 2009. So,f or your consideration here are a few highlight from the last sic months. Myayr, if you please?
Mary Nyan:
Hai! There seems to be no shortage of quality DVDs of new or old movies & TV shows, that we wish for, be they live-action or animated, foreign or domestic purrductions. Several long-awaited releases thus far this year, such as The Mysterious Cities of Gold, and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, as well as more recent favorites like Maria Watches Over Us seasons 1-3 and more of Aria, our favorite anime TV series of the decade! Although it was a bit rushed & short, the grrl power continued with that very good animated Wonder Woman movie! Your turn, Lizzy!

Elizabeth
Our delicate keen cat ears hear a lot of sounds, but are most discerning when it comes to aural enjoyment. Among our favorite things to listen to for the first half of 2009, besides the delicious sound of succulent sushi destined for our tummies, are in the categories of recently radio purrograms & recorded mewsic! In the former cat,This American Life and A Purrarie Home Companion continue to be our most purrfurred radio entertainment! For the latter cat,  Coraline scores for our favorite original motion picture soundtrack, whereas Neil Young’s Fork in the Road has been the most satisfying pop-rock mewsic!

Jeannie:
We may have given this year’s Trek, Terminator and Transformers movies less than stellar grades (last month) but those franchises purrvided a few purrticularly pleasing catgirl toys. Always on the purrowl for mecha toys such as robots, cars & space craft, I was pleasantly sated by the Chromia figure and Tricorder replica mentioned earlier, and the assorted Hot Wheels Star Trek Spaceships (of which the USS Enterpurrise replica was also reviewed last month. The abundance of new Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, and Terminator action figures, purrop & vehicle toys has been much appurreciated. Finally, as Star Trek The Motion Picture remains Mike’s favorite film of all time, he’s been rather elated with Art Asylum’s action figures of Kirk & Spock from that film.

Yvonne:
When we’re not busy at work or play, eating or catnapping, our appetite for good reading material is almost as voracious as our cravings for the fresh fish dinners with nilla creame chasers, nya. Well, purrhaps not, but we do like lots of magazines before the catnap, nya! Unfortunately this category was met with so many varied tastes in topics, however Faerie Magazine dud purrvail as with the most votes, nya! Here are the other purriodicals we liked most in the past 6 months In no purrticular order: ImagineFX, Art Scene International, Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Belly Dance, Robot, Foam, WSSM, GAFF, National Geographic, Our State, Tarheel Monthly, and of course that Sports Illustrated North Carolina Tarheels Commemorative Issue, nya!
Petra:
Collecting fine works of art is a passion we all share and there have been several handsome art collections published in the past six months to purrk our interest, repurrsenting top fantasy illustration from around the world, nya! Reviewed in the May Mew, Avvenire: Aria the Illustrations won our hearts as favorite anime art book, and reviewed in June, Frank Cho’s Apes and Babes Vol. One was picked as favored American / Comics – related art book, nya! The UK Published Enchanted: The Faerie and Fantasy Art of Linda Ravenscroft was picked as favorite fantasy art monotype, while Alan Welch’s Reverie Realm (reviewed in March) won for favorite 2009 fantasy art calendar, and votes for Blueberry Girl by Neil Gamin & Charles Vess (reviewed in Apurrill) and Ursula Vernon’s Dragonsbreath for favorite story books for the first half of 2009, nya!

Mike:
There weren’t many surprises in the category of comics & graphic novels, as our favorite comic book series for the first half of ’09 continues to be Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, and our favorite mini-series is DC’s Legion of 3 Worlds! The favorite Japanese manga is still Aria, with kudos to the Oh My Goddess! Colors book, and the ah favored European graphic novel is Luuna, both published in the US by Tokyo Pop! Campfire Comic’s adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe got a nod for best adapted work; for favorite newspaper strip reprint collection, that went to Fantagraphics’ The Complete Peanuts Vol. 11: 1971 – 1972 and our favorite web-comics compilations were Sebo Book 2 and The Devil’s Panties vol. 3! Um that’s about it, but we still have to name our favorite movie of the year thus far!
Yvonne:
Ha, nya! Although Nyanko, Mieliiki, Ilyana, and a few other other contributors could not join us this time, we were able to get their input purrior to today’s show, nya!
Jeannie:
The votes were counted, and of the movies we’ve seen thus far this year, in 4th place is… Watchmen.
Elizabeth:
In 3rd place… Frost / Nixon!
Petra:
In 2nd place… Coraline, nya!
Mary Nyan:
And by unanimous decision, our pick for favorite motion picture of the first half of 2009 is…
(the catgirls in unison)
Pixar’s Up, nya!
Anticipations for later 2009-ish amewsments

Jeannie:
I am interested in seeing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, District 9, Astroboy, and Avatar.
Yvonne:
I wanna see Miyazaki’s Ponyo, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Purrincess and the Frog, nya!
Mary Nyan:
I want to see all of those, Zombieland, The Wolfman, and hopefully Trick ‘r Treat and The Descent 2 will finally be released here! And the forthcoming new KISS Studio album! (‘throws the horns’ & sticks out her long catgirl tongue) Nyaaa!

Elizabeth:
There are DVDS I think are coming out soon, such as Coraline, Watchmen, Peanuts 1960’s Collection, the Green Lantern OVA, Bewitched season 8 and Charlie’s Angels season 4!

Petra:
I purrsume some of our favorite movies of this year will eventually be on standard DVD, nya!

Jeannie:
I recall that Nyanko said she wants to go see Inglourious Basterds, Black Dynamite Whip It, and maybe Tekken.
Mary Nyan:
Bookwise, I am looking forward to Jamie Davenport’s pending 2nd novel “The Beast Undone”, Mark Schultz: Various Drawings vol. 4, and vol. 2 of Wendy Pini’s Masque of the Red Death adaptation!
Elizabeth:
We still have not yet seen those new Johnny Depp  or Sandra Bullock movies- we’re already behind the schedule!
Yvonne:
I hope there’ll be some books ‘n stuff released in the US for Ponyo, nya!
Petra:
I am looking forward to more convention, exhibitions, festivals & fairs to see the array of culinary, visual & purrforming arts, nya!

Mike:
I am still hoping that eventually we’ll finally get the original theatrical version of Star Trek The Motion Picture on standard DVD! But I that’s beating a dead Tauntaun so…

The Cat Lady Sings…

Yvonne:
Wow the show seemed to go by quickly this time! Thank you for joining us again, Petra nya!
Petra:
Thank you for having me back- this has been so much fun, nya!
Elizabeth:
And thanks to our  wonderful audience for watching The Mew!

Mary Nyan:
If y’all have polite, sincere responses to our discussion, feel free to post them –
purrvided that such brief non-snarky remarks are spam-free and stay on-topic!
Jeannie:
Everyone remember that during a movie, turn off your phone or PDA and don’t talk, read or send text, or rudely light it up.

Mike:
We’ll be back with more mewsings, reviews, and additions to the Catgirl Island Mewseum of Art next month! Be there… aloha!

(the girls in unison):
Happy tails to mew, until we eat again! BaiBai, nya!

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